Serial vaxxer, 84, threatens to commit suicide if prosecuted
A pensioner in India who has illegally received 11 Covid-19 shots in less than a year has threatened to kill himself if police prosecute him.
Brahamdev Mandal has gone into hiding to avoid being accused of deceiving the health department. ppolice raids the 84 year old.
The serial vaxxer was able to sign up for additional jabs by using the ID of several people and lying to health officials.
On Sunday, police showed up at his home in Bihar’s Madhepura district and his phone had been turned off since then.
Brahamdev Mandal, 84 (pictured), had 11 Covid-19 vaccines in just 11 months and even had two within half an hour of each other on the same day
Mr Mandal has asked the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, to acquit him of the charges.
Mandal’s wife, Nirmala Devi, has accused the police of harassing her and defending her husband. She said TOI that her husband suffered from various illnesses and had difficulty standing or walking, but after the injections, he is cured.
The 84-year-old had the 11 vaccines in just 11 months, and even had two within half an hour of each other on the same day.
He said he wanted to feel stronger during the pandemic and claimed the multiple shots relieved him of the joint pain he’s had for eight years.
In most countries, two doses of Covid-19 vaccines are required for adults to be considered ‘fully vaccinated’, with a third ‘booster’ shot becoming more common to improve immunity which wanes over time.
Some countries, such as Austria, have also started rolling out fourth doses for specific groups, such as health professionals, while Turkey has a fifth.
Eleven doses, however, are unheard of and not recommended by health authorities.
Mr Mandal, a former postman, has been charged by police with a series of offenses in the village of Orai, in Bihar, India, where he lives.
Officials have launched an investigation into how he could have misused the system.
Under his shots, Mandal was given two vaccines within 30 minutes on the same day at the Puraini health center on April 13 last year.
Mr Mandal boasted: ‘I have taken vaccines and I advise everyone to take them.
‘It’s quite beneficial. The government has taken an incredible step because it also helps with back pain, you should take it.
“My oxygen levels have improved and I haven’t had a cold since I got the shot.”
He claimed he got nine of the shots with his own ID card.
Speaking to the BBC, Mr Mandal said he had traveled to several vaccination camps in the Madhepura district and even to at least two neighboring districts.
One, he said, was more than 62 miles away.
Pictured: Three different certificates showing Brahamdev Mandal’s vaccine status. The 84-year-old said he wanted to feel stronger during the pandemic and claimed the multiple shots relieved him of the joint pain he’s had for eight years.
Is it safe to get 11 Covid shots a year?
Getting more than the recommended number of Covid shots increases your risk of side effects, experts say.
Serious side effects have been shown to be extremely rare after a standard two-dose course or after a booster.
And Professor Ian Jones, a virologist at Reading University, says there is “no particular” risk in receiving multiple injections.
But he cautioned that they do increase the already very small risk of side effects, such as myocarditis, which affects only one in 10,000 recipients.
Vaccines have never been tried in courses of more than four doses.
But there are suggestions that smaller gaps are more likely to cause side effects.
British government scientists say that giving children an injection eight weeks apart, as in adults, increases their risk of myocarditis.
As a result, they recommend that children wait 12 weeks between doses.
The UK medical regulator says people should wait at least four weeks before getting their second dose, and at least three months after two shots to get their boosters.
Scientists say that, in addition to reducing the risk of side effects, the longer breaks also make jabs more effective at boosting the immune response.
For people who are ‘overdosed’, getting Covid vaccines too close together, regulator says there is ‘no specific treatment’.
It says these individuals should be “monitored” and receive treatment as needed.
In April last year, MailOnline revealed that a 74-year-old grandmother from London had received two Covid shots five days apart.
Station house officer Das said: ‘Mandal has taken 11 vaccines on different dates with different ID cards lying to the health officials.
“This law violates the Covid-19 vaccination rule. He vaccinated between February 13, 2021 to January 4, 2022.”
One medic said: ‘This is a huge loophole when it comes to the surveillance system. We have to close such loopholes.’
Despite taking more than the recommended number of vaccine doses, a doctor told the BBC that any side effects must be ‘quite harmless’.
Common side effects of the vaccine include fever, headache, fatigue, and pain — ranging from mild to moderate — which usually subside within a few days. Serious allergic reactions are much less common.
‘You usually get these reactions after the first and second dose. Multiple doses of these vaccines should be fairly harmless as antibodies have already formed and the vaccines are made up of harmless components,” said Dr. Lahariya to the broadcaster.
Mandal is not the first person to have reportedly been given multiple doses by tricking the system.
In December, a man in New Zealand received the vaccine 10 times in one day after being paid by anti-vaxxers to get shots on their behalf.
The man, who has not been identified, pretended to be a different person each time he visited a doctor. He then got the shot before updating the vaccination records for the real person.
Authorities believe anti-vaxxers paid the man so they could enjoy the same freedoms as the vaccinated without having to get the shot.
New Zealanders are required to show a vaccine pass to visit some businesses and attend events in the country.
India reported 168,063 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, a 20-fold increase in a month, despite testing well below capacity. About 65 percent of the county’s adult population is fully vaccinated, and 91 percent have had at least one dose.
Most infected people have recovered at home and hospital admissions were less than half that of the last major wave of infections in April and May.
Many states have imposed curfews, while the capital Delhi has also imposed a weekend lockdown, closing private offices, restaurants and bars in an effort to curb the rapidly spreading Omicron variant.
The number of infections on Tuesday came as nearly a million Hindu worshipers will gather on the banks of the Ganges River for a holy bath this Friday and Saturday.
A health worker prepares to administer the third dose of COVID-19 vaccine to a police officer at a government hospital in Hyderabad, India, Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Tens of thousands of pilgrims have already reached the site of the annual Ganges ritual on an island in the eastern state of West Bengal, which reports the highest number of cases in the country after the state of Maharashtra in the west.
“The crowd can swell to anywhere from 800,000 to a million. We are trying to implement all COVID protocols,” Bankim Chandra Hazra, a minister of West Bengal responsible for organizing the festival known as the Gangasagar Mela, told Reuters.
“We have also arranged for the sprinkling of the holy water from drones so that there is no crowds… but the sadhus (Hindu holy men) are determined to take the plunge. We can’t prevent them.’
A similar major religious festival in northern India last year helped spread the Delta variety that infected millions and killed tens of thousands.
Every year on January 14, on the important Hindu day of Makar Sankranti, pilgrims visit Gangasagar village for a swim at the confluence of the Ganges and Bay of Bengal.
Doctors have appealed to the state’s supreme court to overturn a decision to allow this year’s festival, fearing it will turn into a virus “super spreader” event.
India has reported a total of 35.88 million COVID-19 infections, the world’s largest number after the United States. The death toll rose by 277 to 485,213 on Monday.
India conducted 1.6 million COVID-19 tests on Monday, while the capacity is over 2 million. It has dropped the need for all close contacts of confirmed patients to be tested.